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January 11, 2019

An Ancient Scorecard for a New Church

By Dr. Ed Love, Director of Church Multiplication, The Wesleyan Church Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20 Scorecards are essential in any game because they inform teams whether or not they are doing the right things and accomplishing their goals. Imagine getting a group together to watch the Superbowl this year, but the NFL decided not to tally the score. The fans would be in an uproar and the players would have no desire to play! Why? Without a score, there is no purpose, no feat to accomplish and no reason to give the game 110%. The simple dynamic of keeping score causes players to give the game all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. In the […]
January 11, 2019

How I Was Wrong About Church Planting

By Steve Hubbard, Founding Pastor of Awaken Church in Grand Ledge, MI I’ll be honest – I never wanted to be a church planter. I was comfortable in established churches rich with history, heritage and seasons of impact. Sure, there were challenges that came with the territory, but I saw so much potential in the established local church. Good things were happening in the churches around me and the leaders I served with. It was hard for me to “get on board” with the multiplication train in those early days of ministry. I held certain assumptions about church planting that kept me at an arms length. It wasn’t until the Spirit started pressing up against those assumptions that I was able to make the heart shift.  Assumption 1: Church planting isn’t necessary if we could make the established church relevant again.  Relevancy is simply speaking the language of culture. So much of my leadership was invested in fine tuning environments, […]
December 6, 2018

Lessons From Urban Church Planting

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project Uh oh. I failed as a church planter. Recently, I had an amazing conversation with a courageous leader who attempted to start a church in a city neighborhood and failed. I characterize the conversation as amazing because of how the failed starter has responded to the terribly difficult circumstances surrounding his failure. Here’s the short version of his story. He and his wife sensed a definite call to start a church in the heart of the city. Following the guidance of his sending organization, he rented a fantastic venue in one of the most rapidly growing neighborhoods in the city. He recruited an enthusiastic team of young adults and spared no expense in creating logos, banners, signage, websites and swag to give the church a vibe of excellence and relevance. He himself is an outstanding communicator and he recruited a worship band that was off-the-charts good. According to the guidance of his sending […]
December 6, 2018

5 Indicators That You Might Be Leading a Church Planting Church

By Dr. Ed Love Can you imagine if Thomas Edison desired to invent only one light bulb? Or if Henry Ford wanted to produce only one Model T? Or if Apple wanted to design only one generation of iPhones? Or if Jesus desired to make only one disciple? Something just doesn’t feel right about those pictures, does it? Some things were just meant to multiply. One of the TV shows I love to watch is Make Me A Millionaire Inventor. The show capitalizes on inventions that have the potential to be highly marketable. I don’t know a whole lot about an inventor’s process, but I know there is a moment for every inventor where the light bulb goes on and he or she recognizes his or her invention has the ability to multiply. Shortly after the Pentecost event, Jesus’ disciples had a flame-like light bulb moment. I can envision thoughtful Thaddeus sighing, “Ah… So Jesus wants us to come up with […]